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Neighbourhood Plans are a way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work.

Through the Localism Act and the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, communities can:

  • Make their own neighbourhood plan – A document to set out where new houses, shops or businesses should go in their area, to guide what new buildings should look like in their area or to designate new open spaces
  • Make their own neighbourhood development order – This grants planning permission for new development communities want to see go ahead in their area and means a planning application would not be needed
  • Make a community right to build order – This grants planning permission for a specific use on a specific site.

The My Community Rights website has advice about Neighbourhood Planning and sets out how you can access the support which is available.

The first stage in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan is for a Neighbourhood Forum and Neighbourhood Area to be agreed and designated under the Neighbourhood Forum Regulations.

Milton Neighbourhood Plan – Examination Stage

Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum have prepared a draft neighbourhood plan which outlines a way forward for the area for the next 15 years.

The Milton Neighbourhood Plan is currently at the examination stage. The council have appointed an independent examiner who will consider the content of the Neighbourhood Plan based on whether it meets the basic conditions and any other matters set out in paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

The council has sent all collated comments along with the plan and accompanying documents to the independent examiner. The formal submission of the plan to Portsmouth City Council following its regulation 14 consultation by the Milton Neighbourhood Planning Forum took place in summer 2021. The Council put out a regulation 16, consultation on the draft Milton Neighbourhood Plan for a six-week period (6 September – 18 October 2021) to allow any interested parties to make representations prior to examination. Consultation bodies were notified and given the opportunity to provide further representations. The responses to regulation 16 can be found on our website.

The Council has now assessed and collated all the comments received, which have been submitted to the plan examiner. The examination started on 10 January and is currently ongoing. The examiner has requested a hearing focusing upon the topic of Local Green Space in Milton. The examination hearing will take place on 06 April from 10.30am in Conference Room 1, at the Portsmouth City Council Offices on Guildhall Square, and is expected to go on until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch. Members of the public are able to attend to observe, invitation to speak will be only at the discretion of the examiner.

If you would like to attend please contact planningpolicy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk so that we can manage numbers.

What happens next

Following the conclusion of the examination, the examiner will publish a report to the council and the neighbourhood forum recommending whether or not the plan should proceed, with any recommended modifications.

If the recommendation is for the plan to proceed, the local community will get a chance to vote on it in a referendum.

If the vote is in favour, the council will look to adopt the plan as part of its local development plan, and it will be used to help judge planning decisions in the area.

To see the plan and associated documents please go to the Milton neighbourhood plan site.